15 Technology Failures

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John Pombrio

The videophone? You are kidding, right? Go into any dorm room at a major university and watch the oversea's students using Skype or other video software. Or go to my old office and see how many meetings are now video ones.
It was the bandwidth, that's all...

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HiGHRoLLeR038

maybe the implementation sure failed, but the technology lives on. Look at Facetime or Skype on your mobile. Or video-conference calls in business.

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Joji

I find the PS Vita to be a pretty good system. I've been able to grab many great games for $10 each! Now that's real bargain! However, shouldn't the PSP-GO be included on the list? That's the world's crappiest handheld EVER! No UMD support and it's virtually useless IMO.

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markpilkington

The system isn’t the worst out there, granted, but the sales figures haven’t exactly been rosy. You would expect far more from a company of Sony's stature. Good point about the PSP-GO.

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be1734

Slap a 32gig card and a 3g vita and you have a hell of a great device!

Now virtual boy... that's a fail in a handheld.. err whatever it was LOL.

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mywonderapple

I have a Vita as well, and I must say I wouldn't consider it a failure, the only reason it is not selling very well is because there are not many (quality) games for it at the moment. I bet after they announce some games for it at E3 the sales will shoot back up. Apparently according to Shahid Kamal Ahmad from Sony, there is an “AMAZING big title coming to Vita.” (from a recent tweet). GTA for Vita? another Assassins Creed? I'm curious to see what Sony has to show at E3 with the Vita and the PS4, especially the whole Vita/PS4 integration stuff which would also be a big selling point for the Vita if it has some awesome feature that work with the PS4 :)

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noobstix

I remember using Windows ME for a while before going to XP. For regular functionality, I don't remember it being horrendously unstable. I only remember it being unstable when I tried to play games. The "MS-DOS mode" was pretty shit for emulating the old DOS and Windows 95 games that we had. Earthsiege 2 only worked like 50% of the time on ME. I do remember feeling refreshed when going from ME to XP because I didn't have to worry about getting errors and shit trying to play older Windows games.

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methuselah

Seems to me that many of you were never on the technical side of trying to fix Win ME. What a friggin' pain to make it work once it broke. All as a result of trying to marry together the NT and 98 kernels, coupled with the shortest beta ever (6 months) by MS and you have the all time worst Windows O/S, yes even worse the Vista.

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dgrmouse

The biggest issue, in my opinion, was that it was released after Windows 2K but based on Windows '95.

Windows '95 was basically just a fancy shell over DOS in a lot of ways - it still used TSRs and allowed all kinds of crazy low-level access. Any program or device that malfunctioned could bring the whole system down. Furthermore, the operating system wasn't designed with security in mind - the Windows '95 line had already lived too long for the Internet age, and by the time ME came out, always-on Internet was becoming more common in a lot of homes. Contrast this with 2k: rock-solid security, thanks to its NT roots, isolated process spaces which prevented rogue programs from affecting system stability, and a familiar interface that required almost no special training.

If WinME had been released a year or 18 months before it was, I think it would be remembered very differently. But Win2K was such an amazing and forward-thinking OS that any Windows user who bought ME instead was (rightly) chastised until they caught up with XP.

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John Pombrio

I agree. Win ME was not that bad as most of the drivers worked OK. Yes, games were an issue but the hardware did all right. There was actually a couple of things I LIKED about it!
Vista was much worse in some respects as the graphics drivers were badly broken at first causing all sorts of mischief. Later, it was a decent upgrade.

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jlundq8578

I was wondering why Vista didn't make this list. The driver issues alone caused this OS to go down in history as one of, if not THE, biggest Microsoft flops in their history. I was so glad when 7 came along to replace it.

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The Mac

SP1 pretty much fixed everything wrong with vista, and it became quite good.

unfortunately, the damage had already been done

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eastbayrae

ME wasn't bad IF, and only IF, it came pre-installed on something. I had two Sony laptops if came with and they worked great. So I decided to install it on my home built Win95 PC...and un-installed it 45 minutes later. It actually had an un-install short-cut on the program menu.

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gamingwithnetbooks

ME as an upgrade wasn't too shabby either. I had an old Pentium 266 laptop with Win95 on it, so I popped my WinME upgrade disk, and I loved it. The improved USB support was probably my favorite feature. I didn't notice any stability issues before I scrapped the thing because of its lack of any 3D acceleration. :/

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Ashton2091

Net Framework is indeed a pain in the ass, but I wouldn't call it a failure.

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eastbayrae

If it has the slightest hint of failure and an MS product this site will bash it to no end.

BTW the video phone may have been a consumer failure but it hasn't been for business. I have attended countless con-calls that had video.

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ThomFrost

i know of people that still have web tv's and i see some new smart tv's that have the same features.
i think video phones have not taken off because of the lack of broadband.
the tablet pc if i remember right did not run a full copy of windows it was windows ce.
the vita was dead out the door for several reasons, but for me no backwards compatibility and you have to buy an expensive memory card.
duke nukem it took too long to get out the door and to many hands were in the development of it that it lost its way.

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Sirius

The tablet pc ran Windows XP tablet edition actually. The first ones were bulky with poor battery life and the XP os was not well suited for being a touch based OS. They also tended to be expensive. But they worked fairly well for the small niche of people that actually had a use for them. Just like the video phone though, the technology didn't fail, it just evolved.

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